Promoting Fair Regulations

As Good Farmers and Great Neighbors, we believe it’s important to advocate for robust and fair regulations to protect the health of our community and environment, while enabling our homegrown industry to thrive for our local economy and residents. In both State and County-level initiatives and hearings we are making our voice heard to make to ensure the adoption of best practices in our county and beyond.

State policy initiatives

Currently AB-228, co-authored by State Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry and Senator Wilk, is in the State Senate Appropriations Committee after passing the Assembly.

We believe this legislation is a vital precursor to a vibrant hemp cultivation and processing market for interstate commerce. Part of this vital precursor is giving California licensed operators the ability to:

  • Use dual purpose existing infrastructure from cultivation to processing, and
  • Utilize independent research and testing labs just as traditional farmers and processors have done for years under the California Sherman Act and CDFA rules and guidelines.

County Initiatives and Actions

Support our local farmers in safeguarding their businesses and livelihoods. On October 9th, Busy Bees Organics, run by Sara Rotman with her husband Nate, will meet with SBC Planning Commissioners in Santa Maria.

[Of Sara and Nate] Our respective farms have worked in harmony and had the happy experience of sharing expertise, resources and friendship as we worked our respective crops and flocks… Their sensitivity to their impact on their neighbors, their knowledge as farmers as well as their willingness to lend a hand when needed makes them the type of people we all hope will move in next door.

Dr. Markos Alexandrou

Since Sara and Nate moved to this part of the valley they have proven to be outstanding neighbors, friends, stewards of the land, animal lovers and honorable people. Their presence here has been of benefit to our community and my business. Together with their employees they have brought additional strength to our business and in doing so support to our local economy.

Jeff Olsson

Always ready with a helpful hand, a hot cup of coffee or a home canned jar of tomatoes, Nate and Sara have become an integral part of what makes this area our beloved home. They can be relied upon to continue to operate their business as good friends and neighbors.

Joel R. Baker

Please take a moment to lend your support to Sara and Nate with an email to the Planning Commission.